Another Ethics Complaint Rejected
July 17, 2009
The Alaska Personnel Board this week has rejected another ethics
complaint lodged against Governor Sarah Palin.
The complaint alleged that the governor misused state time by
accepting media interviews. The complaint also alleged that
Governor Palin was paid for television and radio interviews.
Governor Palin has not been paid for media interviews.
This complaint was filed by Raymond Alvin Ward on July 9. It
was rejected in part because it was not properly notarized.
In addition, Personnel Board Chairman Debra English said the
board had already determined media interviews did not violate
the Ethics Act. Ward lacked evidence to support his allegation
that the governor received any payment for media interviews.
Governor Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flein, responded to the
dismissal saying, "The board has appropriately determined
that a complaint must have a factual basis of some type and that
complaints based on pure speculation are not proper. This most
recent complaint demonstrates the problem with the system, and
the manner in which it can be abused."
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